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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 - 105 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Summer soccer, nine teams strong, moves to resort from this summer's league is John Lingo and most of the Cape play- ers and alumni that nailed down three straight summer league titles. The preseason tournament, con- tested three weeks ago, was won by the Blazers, a veteran team of mostly Sussex Central graduates and Georgetown residents, cap- tained by Sussex Central coach Kevin Cash and featuring players Bobby Houghton, Harry Walls, Matt Dotterer, Eddie Evans and This year's league brings out plenty of new faces By Dave Frederick The YMCA summer soccer program is now in its 12th or 13th year - records are sketchy - with Monday and Tuesdaynight games being played at Rehoboth in the shadow of the Shell station. Gone Angie Moon photos Chuck Stubbliebine of the Cape team uses his head to get a ball out of the danger zone. Wyatt Bullock. The Blazers have been taking turns in the goal as they do not have a true goalie on -the squad. The Blazers won the preseason tournament with a 1-0 victory over CMS on a goal by John Scrimshaw. Teams playing this summer along with their captains include The Blazers, Kevin Cash; Milford, Ryan Marvel; Blue Moon, Trevor Hurd and Wes Fruehauf; Exel, Mike Slonin; Ajax, Shad Keene; Central Sussex, Stanley Figreroa; CMS, Jeff Wakefield; Cape, War- ren Beideman; and Casapulla's captained by Sonny Casapulla. In Tuesday night action The Blazers remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory over Milford. Cape- side players Brad Reed and Matt Dotterer scored for the Blazers while Drew Ranney scored for Milford. The league will last for seven weeks - it will take that long for players to learn the names of their teammates - with all-star action slated for July 25 and 26 against three visiting teams from Wash- ington, D.C. NOTES: Ron Salomon contin- ues to ref in the league and has been there all 12 or 13 years.LTbe league has served as a training ground for Cape scholastic soccer players who have won 27 games Sonny Casapulia of the Gold team slides in front of the Cape team's Kevin Hascup to try to control the ball. over the last two years, but this summer Cape players are scarce to nonexistent...Harry Walls, 39, is the oldest player in the league unless Warren Beideman, in his mid-60s, comes off the coaching sidelines to show his players how an oil-burner repairman from Philly can still get up and down the field...Jeremy Loomis, dressed in all black, is the goalie from Cas- sapula's and is the undisputed biggest goalie ever to play in the league. None of Jeremy's team- mates on the sidelines of Tuesday night's game had any idea where he came from. Such is the stuff of summer league. You don't have to call me darling, darling HUMPTY WHO? - Who cipline office. Psycho was late whothought all youngmen should Congruent Head because he had wears purple pegged pants, white socks with blue suede shoes, a yel- low silk bowling shirt and sits on a wail? Humpty Dombrowski. I des- perately wanted to tell that joke to head coach of the gold team Tub- by Dobrowalski on the sidelines at Saturday night's Blue-Gold all- star football game. And I had the gut but not the guts. I like to play name games. Once in the begin- ning of a school year I read the roll and came to a very unusual name. "Is Mighties Gibbs here?" A young man with a chip on his shoulder raised his right arm. "Don't call me that," he said hosti- ly. "Fine son, what would you like me to call you? .... My friends call me Tuna." "Well, then, Tuna it will be. Is that bluefin or yellowfin or are you one of those pretentious false albacores?" Dave Frederick SICKOS AND SICOS - John Testa of Newark was named Line- man of the Game at Saturday night's Blue-Gold all-star game. Testa was heavyweight wrestling PEOPLE IN SPORTS champion for the Lake Forest Spartans and he is one of those. thick, hairy linemen who just ain't getting blocked. Testa had a decal on his helmet that read SICKO, which poignantly portrays a per- sonality characteristic much admired by football coaches. I once had an athlete on my track team who was affectionately known as "Psycho" by his team- mates and professionals at the dis- showing up for his only event, the discus, that he threw about as well as Hercules with a hiatal hernia. The official reluctantly agreed to clerk the young man into the event. "And what is your name son? "My name is Psycho! .... And how do you spell that?" "S-I-C-O- SICO!" A true epilogue. Years lat- er as a member of the U.S. Army invasion force of Somalia, Psycho earned a Purple Heart when he was hit in the eye socket by a starving Somalian who had thrown away an unripened piece of fruit. Psycho was reprimanded for riding with his head out the window. CHOOCH HOME? - I played football in high school and college with a large Hungarian tackle whose given name was Paul but everyone just called him Chooch, which means "jackass" in Italian. Paul's parents had escaped the Russian invasion of 1956 and landed in Levittown, Pa. So did my barber, Marion the Hungarian, look Hungarian chic. Anyway, because most high school boys are Chooches by nature, I once asked a boy's mother if Ryan was home, to which Mrs. Ryan replied, "His name is Thomas," and I said, "I don't care, I just want to borrow Ryan's basketball." We some- times were unintentionally igno- rant and cruel on the telephone. And sometimes it was intentional. I called Chooch on the phone a lot because we were both in honors classes together. Blockhead scheduling it was called. I would always ask his sweet mother, "Is Chooch home?" And she would yell across the carport, "Choochie! Choochie! Telephone! It sounds like your friend with the aircraft carrier haircut." It was years later that I realized these immigrants were calling their own son a jack- ass. And why I gotta be an aircraft carrier? CONGRUENT HEAD - I played football with another guy in college whose nickname was one of those flat faces that was the same configuration in the front as the back of his head, which appeared to have been flattened by a spring-laden 2=by-8. We later amended his nickname to S.A.S. which is geometric slang for Side- Angle-Side. One of the true joys of team play is making fun of some other guy's body anatomy, which is why many players refuse to shower in public. ESSENTIALS - There's a mid- dle-aged man walking around Philadelphia somewhere who was one of those manager-type kids back in high school and everyone just called him "Essentials." That's because his nickname start- ed off as Bear and was later amended to Bare Essentials, then shortened to Essentials. PEPSI FREE - A Cape senior cross-country runner years ago ended up comatose in the hospital from an overdose of caffeine pills. Continued on page 106